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The Rathskeller, ranked one of Minnesota’s top whiskey bars, occupies a fabled place in Duluth’s history. Located beneath the city street in the basement of Old City Hall, it was once a holding cell for the municipal court one floor above and it also served as a coal furnace room during the building’s time as the center of city government from 1889-1926. 

Rumors abound that the space was used as a speakeasy during Prohibition and patrons have reported ghostly sightings inside the bar. All of these interesting details along with the beautiful carved bluestone interior make The Rathskeller a sophisticated and provocative spot for events, including bachelor/ette parties, grooms’ dinners, networking events, men’s nights, and other gatherings for groups of up to 45 for a seated dinner or, if you’re looking for a mingling cocktail reception, the space fits up to 60 comfortably. We feature Fitger’s Brewhouse ales and lagers as well as a compelling selection of fine whiskeys, crafted cocktails, and wines along with catering options that will add flair to your special occasion.


The Rathskeller is available Sunday-Thursday evenings for private bookings.
Friday and Saturday night bookings only by special request and the rental fee for reserving the club on the weekend is $2,500. We do have the upstairs Council Chamber for weekend event reservations.

Capacity: 45 seated or 60 reception
Facility fee: $125 
Lunch Monday through Sunday (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) $600 (rental and beverage minimum)
Dinner or private party Sunday through Thursday (available 4 p.m. - close) $800 (rental and beverage minimum)

Our catering partner is Black Woods Group.

A required 20% service charge is to be added to the pre-tax food and beverage amount.